Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ELECTRIC MOTORS AND DRIVES Fundamentals, Types, and Applications Fourth Edition BY AUSTIN HUGHES AND BILL DRURY

ELECTRIC MOTORS AND DRIVES Fundamentals, Types, and Applications Fourth Edition BY AUSTIN HUGHES AND BILL DRURY

This fourth edition is again intended primarily for nonspecialist users or students of electric motors and drives. From the outset the aim has been to bridge the gap between specialist textbooks (which are pitched at a level which is too academic for the average user) and the more prosaic handbooks which are full of detailed information but provide little opportunity for the development of any real insight. We intend to continue what has been a successful formula by providing the reader with an understanding of how each motor and drive system works, in the belief that it is only by knowing what should happen (and why) that informed judgements and sound comparisons can be made. The fact that the book now has joint authors resulted directly from the publisher’s successful reviewing process, which canvassed expert opinions about a prospective fourth edition. It identified several new topics needed to bring the work up to date, but these areas were not ones that the original author (AH) was equipped to address, having long since retired. Fortunately, one of the reviewers (WD) turned out to be a willing co-author: he is not only an industrialist (and author) with vast experience in the field, but, at least as importantly, shares the philosophy that guided the first three versions. We enjoy collaborating and hope and believe that our synergy will prove of benefit to our readers. Given that the book is aimed at readers from a range of disciplines, sections of the book are of necessity devoted to introductory material. The first two chapters therefore provide a gentle introduction to electromagnetic energy conversion and power electronics. Many of the basic ideas introduced here crop up frequently throughout the book (and indeed are deliberately repeated to emphasize their importance), so unless the reader is already well versed in the fundamentals it would be wise to absorb the first two chapters before tackling the later material. At various points later in the book we include more tutorial material, e.g. in Chapter 7 where we prepare the ground for unraveling the mysteries of field-oriented control. A grasp of basic closed-loop principles is also required in order to understand the operation of the various drives, so further introductory material is included in Appendix 1.


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